United Palace of Cultural Arts

4140 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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HowardBHaas on April 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm

I sent in the name change for the Gramercy, because that was a total change in the name of the theater. I agree with Warren for the various reasons he posted above. The website link is included above for those who wish to visit it- and it is a very nice website with many beautiful photos of the movie palace. Most people on this website are more familiar with the historic name.

The status was changed today to “open” pursuant to the comment suggesting it.

I will also add gratitude to the church for keeping the movie palace in such wonderful order, and making it so available to the public.

Bway on April 17, 2008 at 9:58 am

By the way, I didn’t mean to imply that the 175th St Theater was less significant than the old Astor Plaza (Nokia) or Grammercy Theater (Blender), those two sentences sort of give the wrong impression, I meant to say that many significiant Theaters use their current names on the site…then went on about Grammercy and Astor, I didn’t mean to imply that those are more or just as significant “cinema treasures”, just that those are two examples of theaters in general that are using their most recent names instead of their movie day names.

Bway on April 17, 2008 at 9:55 am

That’s the CURRENT name of the theater. I hate to lose the original name of this place too, but other just as significant theaters listed on this site, which are no longer showing movies, but still operating as theaters (even if only part time) are listed as their current names. I thought that was the policy of the website. Again, if you type “venues” at ticketmaster, this theater doesn’t come up as the “175th St Theatre”, it comes up as the “United Palace Theatre”:

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I agree, it is much more significant as the “175th St”, yet like other theaters that no longer show movies, but are concert halls, such as Nokia and Blender, they are listed as their current names.

Unfortunately for consistancy, it should show the current name. I mean again, for example, wasn’t the “Mayfair Theater” more significant when it operated as such, or later when it became the “Embassy 2,3,4”, yet it is listed as it’s most current (or in that case last operating name) name used.

Incidentally, from what I have read, the projection capabilities are also still intact at the 175th St-United Palace Theatre.

Bway on April 17, 2008 at 8:36 am

The “Nokia Theater Times Square” doesn’t show movies either anymore, yet that is the main name listed for the old Astor Plaza Theater.

There are many all over the site named as their CURRENT name:
-the old Grammercy Theater, now the Blender Theater. Also doesn’t show movies under “Blender Theater”.

Those are just two off the top of my head. There have to be countless more if we start looking for former theaters, now concert venues. All the concert bookings don’t call this place a “church”, they call it the United Palace Theatre.

Bway on April 17, 2008 at 6:27 am

Also, it’s status isn’t closed, as the building is not only being used as a church, it is also open for concerts as mentioned above.

Bway on April 17, 2008 at 6:27 am

I think this theater may have to be changed to “United Palace Theatre”. That is how it’s advertised in Concert Bookings. The place is still a church, but it is also used as a Theater/Concert venue too. Many famous performers have played here, such as the Black Crowes, Niel Young, Van Morrison, etc….

For example, that’s how ticketmaster calls the theater, and I have seen the “United Palace Theatre” name on other advertising for concerts too.

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I know it’s tough to lose the “real” name as the main theater name, but I think in the policy of the website, the 175th St Theater name may have to become the “aka” name, as the current name IS the “United Palace Theatre” for concert bookings, even though they just call it the Christ United Palace for the church.
Even the Astor Plaza Theater had to be changed to “Nokia Theater” when it became a concert venue. I know it’s not only a concert hall, but is still a church, but shouldn’t the name reflect the current theater name?

HowardBHaas on March 4, 2008 at 10:13 am

Warren, that’s a rude comment. I hope the Reverand, and his church, which have so magnficiently maintained this glorious movie palace and made it available (at tours, concerts, etc) for the public to see and enjoy, both live on for a long, long time. They deserve the gratitude of all fans of historic movie palaces.

evmovieguy on December 16, 2007 at 12:07 am

The interior of this theater is one of the most amazing that I have ever seen. Just absolutely overwhelmingly beautiful. I was there tonight to see Neil Young. Unfortunately his show wasn’t as cool as the theater. And that’s coming from a hardcore Neil Young fan. It looks like they are now using this as a regular venue for concerts, and they should!! It’s just great that this place has been preserved as well as it has been. A really amazing piece of architecture.

HowardBHaas on December 11, 2007 at 8:39 pm

I’ve toured this fantastic exotic movie palace.

Here’s more photos from CTA visit this year that I found on flickr.

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Altoblanco on November 9, 2007 at 8:21 pm

After viewing all of the posted photographs, I can only begin to imagine the skill and craftsmanship [and patience] required to create such a space. This could never be duplicated today on such a grand scale. This is preservation at its finest.

It has been said that “God is in the details”. If that’s the case, then it should be no “wonder” why a church chose this magnificent structure as their home.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 8, 2007 at 9:20 am

Thanks, Ken. Interesting about the various colored lighting circuits behind the decorative side wall & ceiling panels in the auditorium to change atmosphere. I wonder if we’ll ever see those restored in our lifetime!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 8, 2007 at 6:24 am

Dave-bronx, I wondered the same thing as I took those photos a couple of weeks back. Perhaps Warren knows the answer to that (in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the answer has already been posted on this page, somewhere above).

bruceanthony on November 7, 2007 at 10:54 pm

It would be nice if they lit the blade with Palace which would work since it is the United Palace. Im glad this facility is being discovered again. It was fortunate that reverend Ike bought this theatre and preserved it as a church and is letting other use the theatre for other purposes. I was in the theatre in 2002 and thought it was in great shape. I was able to see all the Loew’s wonder theatre except the Paradise in the Bronx. There is only one wonder theatre left to be revived the Loew’s Kings in Brooklyn.brucec

dave-bronx™ on November 7, 2007 at 8:40 pm

Has that tower on the stagehouse always been there, or did the church add it? It may be enclosing the water tower. Obviously the cross and ersatz stained glass have been added, but the structure itself looks out of place, a different style than the rest of the building.

tkinz on November 7, 2007 at 8:23 pm

the restroom was on the second level, and there were probably about 15 to 20 urinals. it was a full house, but the wait was a few minutes.

tkinz on November 4, 2007 at 9:26 am

Saw Annie Lennox last night. I had no idea what an amazing venue this would be – the interior is in great shape. The accoustics are excellent, and the sight lines, for being such a huge space, were good – much better than city center or the broadway theater, which both seem about similar in size. And what a gorgeous proscenium that frames the stage. It was such a thrill to walk into the lobby and up the staircase – not to mention the huge marble urinals!

William on November 2, 2007 at 7:15 am

Ed, Yes they used the theatre for the night club scenes in “We Own the Night”.
The exterior was also a location in the film “Two Weeks Notice” along with a nice photo montage of theatres that was later cut from the final release version of the film.

AlAlvarez on November 2, 2007 at 5:49 am

Thanks for these, Ed. As we know from the lack of photos from some sites, there is no such thing as too much coverage of these palaces.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 1, 2007 at 7:21 pm

I was up around the theatre a couple of weeks ago and snapped a number of exterior photos. Probably TOO many, but here goes anyhow:

Broadway & 175th
Facade corner detail
Main facade
Marquee detail
Smile as you pass
Box office
Facade section
Basketweave detail
Marquee panel
Wadsworth & 175th
Wadsworth facade
Upper facade detail
Wadsworth side wall
Wadsworth & 176th
Stage House Tower
Stage House upper facade detail
Broadway & 176th
Building profile looking south on B'way
B'way entrance & facade
B'way fire escapes

Exhaustive and exhausting, I know. I basically just took a walk around the building and fired away. Hope it’s of interest to some folks. I didn’t have the time to wait for the doors to open and take an interior walk through – but I think the series of stunning photographs on the United Palace’s website offer a nice sampling of interior views (not that that’ll stop me from photographing the interior myself one day and posting them right here)!

Bway on October 19, 2007 at 1:28 pm

I am pretty impressed with the acts they are attracting.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 19, 2007 at 9:44 am

It is called “The United Palace” in all of the concert ads I’ve seen – which is also the official name for the church used by Rev. Ike’s congregation. They’re making some noise about the venue’s 75th Anniversary on the official website as well as in some radio commercials I’ve been hearing on the local classic rock station. As Alto posted, some big names are being booked into the United Palace – names that might have previously booked the Beacon or WaMu Theatre at MSG (and acts way too big for the smaller Nokia Theatre in Times Square).

Bway on October 19, 2007 at 8:36 am

What do they call the place in it’s use as a concert hall?

Altoblanco on October 16, 2007 at 10:07 am

This venue has become a concert “powerhouse”, attracting big-name rock and pop stars as of late – recent and upcoming music shows scheduled for late 2007 include:
Van Morrison (Oct. 12-14)
The Black Crowes (Oct. 30-31)
Annie Lennox (!!!)(Nov. 3)
Neil Young (Dec. 12-13, 15-16, 18)

Visit Ticketmaster.com for the complete line-up.

World-renowed acts in a dazzling theatre, all worth the trip uptown on the “A” train!

Good luck finding tickets (checking with Ticketmaster online, it appears that the Annie Lennox concert is a “sell-out” (riding on the success of her long-anticipated and recently released CD album “Songs of Mass Destruction”). I am hoping that they add more shows!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 3, 2007 at 7:15 pm

Forgot to add that the trailer features several shots of the 175th’s old vertical sign lit up in red neon spelling out “El Caribe” from top to bottom. I suppose it might be a CGI composite shot, but it sure looks like the sign was physically installed for the movie. Can anyone verify? The film was shot in the late winter/early spring of 2006.